February 17, 2018

Worcester Sun, Feb. 17-24: Mariano on Jay-Z vs. Trump, The Big Picture pinpoints a crucial economic driver, Hitch on pot, Meet the Sun + more

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Ray came away unimpressed with a recent Jay-Z appearance as a pundit on CNN.

Sun columnist

Mariano: Who cares what Jay-Z has to say about Trump!

Ray Mariano

“When it comes to our government, celebrities are no more knowledgeable than anyone else. They have no special training, no special experience and no special insights. So why listen to them lecture the rest of us about what is best for our government?”

The Big Picture

Sun graphic / Amy M. Capobianco

(Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Commission)

Cashing checks can be costly when money is tight |  Check-cashing stores allow a customer to cash a check without a bank account, but often charge fees to do so. Check-cashing stores can charge these fees because many of their customers don’t have a real choice.

Law & Order

Suspected heroin abuser arrested after ramming cruiser |  Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Meet the Sun: Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

This is the first in an occasional series spotlighting the many folks who make Worcester Sun possible. First up is our resident entrepreneur, foodie and unstoppable force Giselle. Find out more about one of our longest-serving contributors — like, what she thinks the “Worcester renaissance” is missing.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 242]: Sign of the (high) times in Canal District |  Let’s get one thing straight: Smoking marijuana — inside, outside, wherever — is not a new phenomenon for this or any other neighborhood in the city. A college town and centrally located transportation hub? Yeah, there’s been plenty of pot around from long before it became legal. Now that a private club is planning to welcome cannabis aficionados for a legal, social smoke (and a small fee), though, city officials are aghast. Hitch couldn’t pass on this opportunity.


SNAP judgment belittles those in need |  A Trump administration proposal to replace part of the nation’s food assistance program with deliveries of government-selected, shelf-stable items to needy recipients would be costly, unwieldy, and lacking in respect for recipients. It’s an idea devoid of value — nutritionally and otherwise.

Sun mail

To the Editor: On Sinacola’s ‘uninformed’ bump stock views |  Michael P. Angelini says, “Chris Sinacola’s [commentary] regarding the recent Massachusetts legislation prohibiting the sale and possession of bump stocks substitutes uninformed passion for rational analysis.”

Guest commentary | From The Conversation

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Two-time Olympian Aly Raisman, right, shown with teammate Simone Biles at the 2016 Summer Olympics, has been among Larry Nassar’s most vocal accusers.

Nassar’s abuse reflects more than 50 years of men’s power over female athletes |  “I was fortunate in several ways. My mother believed me. It was an inappropriate comment perhaps perversely meant as flirtation, however predatory, rather than an assault. And I never had to see him again. America’s elite female gymnasts had far more devastating experiences under recently convicted sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.”

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sun columnist

Sina-cism: For Pope Francis, something is lost in translation | “Those who draw strength from the Catholic Church do so in part because of the unchanging if difficult theological challenges they encounter. Asking God not to lead us into temptation is an example.”

College notebook

Matthew Polenzani

The Quad [Feb. 17-24]: Four things to know from Assumption, Holy Cross, Clark and Becker |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to send a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and point Sun members your way.

Worcester Weekly: Master Singers of Worcester, Black History Month events, ‘Something Rotten!’ + more, Feb. 17-24 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

Courtesy Jaime Flores Photography

The Bravehearts will have a different look in the dugout this year.

Inbox [Feb. 17-24]: News and notes from the Bravehearts, Fallon Health and Saint-Gobain | Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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